Tony Finau Holds Off Jon Rahm To Secure Mexico Open

The American carded a final round 65 to hold off the World No.1 and pick up a sixth PGA Tour title

Finau and Rahm shake hands on the 18th hole
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Going into the final day, viewers were treated to a thrilling finale that included World No.1, Jon Rahm, multiple-time PGA Tour winner, Tony Finau, and up-and-coming star, Akshay Bhatia.

Certainly, with 18 holes remaining, the Mexico Open title could have gone anywhere but, as the fourth round began, it was Finau who held a two shot advantage over Rahm, who had carded a course record 61 on Saturday to vault up the leaderboard. 

Out the gates though, it was Finau who looked destined to pick up the title, with birdies at the first and fifth extending his advantage. However, it was Brandon Wu, who began multiple shots back of his countryman, who made the move, as three birdies and an eagle in seven holes bought him alongside Finau.

Going in search of his sixth PGA Tour title, Finau was using his experience wisely and, with birdies at the seventh and 11th, he found himself four shots ahead due to Wu's costly double bogey at the 10th.

Four holes remained, with Finau looking for a fifth title in just 18 months. However, World No.1, Rahm, wasn't done and, with a birdie at the 13th and 15th, he moved back to within three of the American.

Finau holds his hat and waves to the crowd next to the trophy

Finau secured his fourth PGA Tour title in 18 starts

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As both parred the 16th, Finau remained three ahead as they came to the par 3 17th. Playing as one of the hardest holes on the course, it was the American who produced a par and, as Rahm bogeyed, Finau would have a comfortable four shot lead going down the 72nd hole. 

Despite Rahm making a birdie, Finau safely made par to secure a three shot victory and a sixth PGA Tour title. With the win, the 33-year-old now moves to just outside the World's Top 10, as he also vaults up to fourth in the FedEx Cup standings.

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

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